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Harvard Medical School Reviews

Updated January 19, 2015
Updated January 19, 2015
73 Reviews
3.9
73 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits, good managers, great work-life balance (in 5 reviews)

  • Great benefits (due to union), paid for graduate school (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • That being said, everyone recognizes that, and most PIs that I know work hard to make the labs in my department a great place to work (in 2 reviews)

  • Really just a wonderful place to work and learn (in 2 reviews)

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  1.  

    competitive and collaborative

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Harvard Medical School

    Pros

    Best networks, great faculties, smart students

    Cons

    tough funding situations, low salaries

  2.  

    Great minds around you

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Harvard Medical School

    Pros

    Collaborative research environment, very virbant

    Cons

    Not so good infrastructure, lack of postdoc perks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Positive work environment in academia

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Assistant
    Current Employee - Staff Assistant

    I have been working at Harvard Medical School full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits with generous vacation and health care care packages.

    Cons

    Most jobs are in the city; creates commuter problems

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should have satellite locations in the suburbs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    neurosurgery schism

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Neurosurgeon in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Neurosurgeon in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Harvard Medical School full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    the academic environment is fantastic - the clinical environment is deplorable as most physicians get caught in between the partial interests of the various hospitals involved in HMS. Company interests often trump the actual academic side and are profoundly counterproductive for collaborations.
    Clinical work can largely be organized as a private-academic job; intellectual curiosity can be satisfied at HMS but the hospital job is not intended to be for great thinkers

    Cons

    the individual hospital will never really support your academic work in any capacity but as long as they leave you alone, you can do things and have a reasonable life; The clinical call load differs a lot between the centers in town; residents are not available everywhere so often you have to rely on other resources to get work done

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about the mission at large: Academic work needs the freedom from daily troubles to actually flourish and to have those protected moments to develop concepts and ideas that can be investigated.

    1) if you want to hire GOOD surgeons, check their actual manual capabilities
    2) do not hire smart heads only who have 2 left hands
    3) do not hire lab rats only who have many grants but no vested interest in providing actual patient care
    Instead: Hire an academic support person for any clinician who drowns in non-academic bureaucracy
    4) create an infrastructure that allows the staff to also pursue their interest - not just productivity for the place
    5) never hire a chairman who is not really interested in the advancement of all of his staff and who can not do good surgical work himself in more than 1 acclaimed area

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Harvard Medical School - research faculty

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Professor Health Care Policy in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Professor Health Care Policy in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Harvard Medical School full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lots of smart, nice people with great ideas.

    Cons

    Many silos and politics leading to challenges in collaborating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Breakdown the silos rather than supporting and constructing them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Excellent Temp part-time position

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Boston, MA

    I worked at Harvard Medical School part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, great pay, stellar supervisor! I had a small office all by myself in a nice stimulating environment, learnt new database skills.

    Cons

    Unfortunately was a temporary part-time position that was discontinued after 1 year. However I left with good recommendations and new skills to add to resume.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Postdoc

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Harvard Medical School full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Lot of free time, allow own research ideas and schedule
    Good work environment and colleagues.

    Cons

    Low pay and expensive living. Very limit help from boss and short funding. Small lab space
    Can't see the future

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good people, bad facilities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Harvard Medical School full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great scientists in the area
    Top research
    Interdisciplinary
    Good healthcare plan and benefits

    Cons

    Very little interaction, collaboration and sharing among different groups
    Very few core facilities and not the best quality
    Low salaries

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to get valuable experience, not the friendliest environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Research Analyst in Boston, MA

    I worked at Harvard Medical School full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great place to have research experience and work on interesting projects. Good pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Your experience may vary a lot. Some faculty are nicer than others. In general, few social interactions with other analysts. You need to be proactive to make friends and talk to people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn that people need human interaction and feedback.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Let of valuable research offered for a summer intern

    Former Employee - Summer Student in Southborough, MA
    Former Employee - Summer Student in Southborough, MA

    I worked at Harvard Medical School as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The work was very independent and I was allowed to work on a variety of projects and learn different techniques. It was fun and the other summer students were also very friendly.

    Cons

    I didn't see much of my PI and sometimes that was annoying when problems arose and I needed help. The people there also seemed a little disorganized, but that may be because the NEPRC was closing the next summer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show more interest in the summer students. Even though we were all very happy to be there, it would be nice to be recognized more.

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